Cruden Bay

[Water of Cruden at Cruden Bay]

Once a popular seaside resort with hotels, golf course and good rail links, Cruden Bay was advertised a century ago as a "Brighton of the North". A bit ambitious perhaps, and today's quiet village has almost nothing in common with the south coast town. But, unlike Brighton, Cruden Bay has sand in abundance. An excellent beach stretches for two miles to the south, reached from the village by a footbridge over the Water of Cruden. In the opposite direction, dramatic sea cliffs and stacks take centre stage, with an excellent coast path leading past a couple of spectacular arches at Dunbuy and Bullers of Buchan. And throw in 16th century Slains Castle. This was quite possibly the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula: the author was a regular guest at the Kilmarnock Arms in the village, and his signature apparently appears in their 1894 guest book. Interesting stuff... maybe Brighton should aspire to be a "Cruden Bay of the South" instead?

[The sandy Bay of Cruden can be reached by a footbridge over the Water of Cruden]

Name: Cruden Bay ☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: NK 091363 ///
Anything else? Most of the scenic interest is down the road towards the harbour.

[Slains Castle (photo from a few days earlier)]

Within walking distance

Name: Bay of Cruden ★☆☆
Description: Excellent sandy beach backed by dunes and golf club.
Location: Immediately south of Cruden Bay village, G.R.: NK 091358 ///alternate.just.loved

>> see separate post for Walk: Dunbuy the Bullers of Buchan ★★☆

[Cruden Bay harbour]


>> see separate post for Slains Castle ★☆☆ (2 miles away)

[Bullers of Buchan (September 2012)]


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